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If you are looking for something that used to be in this web site, it's probably been removed at the request of my publishers, who want me to do that when the essay has been made part of one or another of my books, and is easily available there.
"Should We Believe What People Tell Us?" Paper given at the American Sociological Society meetings, San Francisco, August 2014.
“Ordinary Lives,” a review of Raconter la vie, an innovative publishing project from France. Public Books (issue of April 1, 2014).
“Background Knowledge and the Universality of Sociological Work,” Socio 01 (2013, pp.109-19.
“Segredos e truques do pesquisador outsider: Entrevista com Howard S. Becker,” an interview with me by Alexandre Werneck, published in the Brazilian on-line journal Dilemas
“Howard S. Becker, interviewed by Harvey Molotch,” Public Culture 24 (3), Spring 2012, pp. 421-43.
“A Conversation with doctoral students at the École des hautes études en science social, Paris, November 2011.” A well-organized group of doctoral students invited me to have a conversation with them about problems of writing a dissertation. They videotaped the whole thing and within days had pretty much the entire conversation (my side of it, anyway) on their web site.If you don't know French, nothing to worry about. I did my talking in English.
Another conversation with these students. A year later they asked me to do it again, and they have made it available again on their web site.
“The Craft of Sociology.” This isn't an article. It's a recording of a two hour public event that took place in London in November, 2009, where I was the guest of the Goldsmiths College Sociology Department. The other voice belongs to Les Back, a distinguished member of that department and my host for the occasion. We discussed a lot of things, mostly talking about how to do research and books that I think epitomize good research in sociology.
“Quatre choses que j'ai apprises d'Alain Pessin,” paper given at the Colloque organized by GDR OPuS, on “L'art, le politique et la Création,” at Université Pierre Mendes-France, Grenoble, France, November 19, 2009. (In French, there is no English version. But Alexandre Werneck has published a translation in Portuguese (“Quatro Coisas que Aprendi com Alain Pessin”) in the Brazilian on-line journal Dilemas.)
“How to Find Out How to Do Qualitative Research,” comment on a recent NSF report.
“Interaction: Some Ideas,” (paper presented at the Université Pierre Mendes-France, Grenoble).
New Directions in the Sociology of Art,” (paper given at the meeting of the European Sociological Association, Section on the Sociology of Art, Paris, April 2003.)
“Making Sociology Relevant to Society,” given at the meeting of The European Sociological Association in Murcia, Spain, 2003. A French version appears in Sociologies (09 mai 2012).
Review of John Searle, Making the Social World, and Paul Boghossian, Fear of Knowledge. published in Science, Technology and Human Values, on-line 14 November 2010.
“Dialogue avec Howard Becker: Comment parler de la societé?,” ethnographiques.org, Numéro 19 - décembre 2009 [en ligne]. A conversation with Alain Mueller about the French translation of Telling About Society. (En français, here is an English version.)
“Learning to Observe in Chicago,” in Jean Peneff, La goût de l'observation (Paris: La Découverte, 2009), pp. 60-61, 76-77 and 126-27 (en français).
“Twenty Three Thoughts About Youth”. In La marque jeune, edited by Marc-Olivier Gonseth, Yann Laville and Grégoire Mayor (Neuchâtel: Musée d'ethnographieNeuchâtel).
“Interview” (with Nancy D. Campbell about my experiences in drug research). Nancy Campbell interviewed a large number of people who had been involved in research in drugs from the 1960s on for her book Discovering Addiction: The Science and Politics of Substance Abuse Research University of Michigan Press, 2007). She’s made many of these interviews available on line at the site of the Substance abuse Research Center of the University of Michigan.
“Preface,” Dictionaire de la sociologie (Universalis: Paris, 2008).
“Studying Something You Are Part of: The View From the Bandstand,” Ethnologie Française, XXXVIII (2008), pp. 15-21.
“ASA Convention,” Social Psychology Quarterly, (2007) 4, pp. cover, 1–2.
“The Jazz Repertoire.” Enonciation artistique et socialité. Edited by Jean-Philippe Uzel (Harmattan: Paris 2006), pp. 243-51.
“A Dialogue on the Ideas of ‘World’ and ‘Field’ with Alain Pessin,” Sociological Forum, 21 (2006), pp. 275–86.
“The Jazz Repertoire,” with Robert R. Faulkner, Sociologie de l'art (2005), pp. 15-24.
“Hans Ulrich Obrist Interview with Howard Becker,” appears in the catalogue of The Welfare Show, edited by Ariane Beyn, 2005.
“Inventer chemin faisant: comment j’ai écrit Les mondes de l’art” (“Making it up as you go along: How I Wrote Art Worlds,”) pp. 57–73 in Daniel Mercure, ed., L’analyse du social: Les modes d’explication, Quebec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2005.
“Introduction” to the new Danish and Brazilian editions of Outsiders.
“Jazz Places,” pp. 17–27 in Andy Bennett and Richard A. Peterson, eds., Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual, Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2004; and in French in Sociologie et Societé, 2004.
“Introduction” to Antonio Candido on Literature and Society (Princeton University Press, 1995).
“Continuity and Change in Howard S. Becker’s Work: An Interview with Howard S. Becker (Interview by Ken Plummer)” Sociological Perspectives 46 (1), pp. 21–39.
“Visual Evidence: A Seventh Man, the Speciﬁed Generalization, and the Work of the Reader” Visual Studies, (2002) 17, pp. 3–11.
“Studying the New Media,” Qualitative Sociology 25 (3), 2002, pp. 337–43.
“Drugs: What Are They?” (Published in French as “Les drogues: que sont-elles?,” pp. 11–20 in Howard S. Becker, ed., Qu’est-ce qu’une drogue?, Anglet: Atlantica, 2001).
“The Etiquette of Improvisation,” Mind, Culture, and Activity, 7 (2000), pp. 171–76 and 197–200.
“The Chicago School, So-Called,” Qualitative Sociology, 22 (1), 1999, pp. 3–12.
“Introduction,” (in French in the original) to Sabine Chalvon Demersay, Le triangle du XIVe, 2nd edition, Paris: Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, 1998, pp. v–x.
“Talks Between Teachers,” (with Shirah Hecht), Qualitative Sociology, 20 (1997), pp. 565–79.
“Hypertext Fiction,” pp. 67–81 in M. Lourdes Lima dos Santos, Cultura & Economia, Lisbon: Edicões do Instituto de Ciências Sociais, 1995.
“Making the Grade Revisited.” This essay appeared as the introduction to a new printing of Howard S. Becker, Blanche Geer, and Everett C. Hughes, Making the Grade: The Academic Side of College Life, Transaction, Inc.: New Brunswick, 1995, pp. xii–xx.
“Professionalism in Sociology: The Case of C. Wright Mills,” pp. 175–87 in Ray Rist, editor, The Democratic Imagination: Dialogues on the Work of Irving Louis Horowitz, New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1994.
“American Popular Song,” pp. 9–18 in Ton Bevers, ed., Artists—Dealers—Consumers: On the Social World of Art, Hilversum: Verloren, 1994.
“Children’s Conceptions of Money: Concepts and Social Organization,” in Social Organization and Social Process, David Maines, ed., Aldine Publishing Co., 1991, pp. 45–57.
Some people have shown an interest in my earlier work, so I’ve added a copy of my vita here, which has a pretty complete list with the necessary bibliographical information.